A Surprising Number of Americans Think Cheating on Taxes Is ‘A-OK’

Survey reveals feelings toward the IRS have grown more negative

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Cheating on your taxes by fudging the numbers “a little here and there” or “as much as possible” is totally OK with 12% of Americans, according to a survey of 1,000 people from the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board.

That number is up from a low of 9% in 2008 and a slight increase over the 11% who felt cheating was OK in 2012, CNN Money reports.

That trend is matched by an increase in the numbers of Americans who have a bad opinion of the IRS. A record low of 39% said the tax agency “maintains a proper balance between its enforcement and service programs.”

[CNN Money]